35 Leadership Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Embrace

Entrepreneurs know that the failure or success of their business lies on their shoulders. Yes, the product you build and the people you hire are vital to the success of your company or brand- but your ability to lead is what carries your company.

With this enormous pressure, it’s easy to feel stressed, vulnerable, lonely and overwhelmed at times. Every great leader has at one time or the other faced a challenge that defined their greatness, which is why we often look to them when in need of advice.

Be you an entrepreneur, business owner, team leader or even friend, here are 35 inspirational quotes on leadership for you when you need a little pep talk.

    1. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” -Aristotle
    2. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
    3. “A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela
    4. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
    5. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams


    1.  “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Colin Powell
    2. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu
    3. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” –Rosalynn Carter
    4. A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell
    5. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy

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    1. “The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell
    2. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan
    3. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” –Jack Welch
    4. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs
    5. “The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

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    1. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hook
    2. “A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” – Ovid
    3. “Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty, and industry. Don’t take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.” – Noah Porter
    4. “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)” – Latin Proverb
    5. “In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.” –  Henry W. Longfellow

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    1. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton
    2. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” –  Albert Schweitzer
    3. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton
    4. “Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde
    5. “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” –Orrin Woodward


    1. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”  – Andrew Carnegie
    2. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
    3. “A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.”- J.P. Morgan
    4. “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”  – Stephen King
    5. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

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  1. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
  2. “I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” – Warren Bennis
  3. “I start each day by telling myself what a positive influence I am on this world.” – Peter Daisyme
  4. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker
  5. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree

Bonus quote: 

“Screw it, let’s just do it.” – Richard Branson


About Stellamaris Obomanu

Loves to read, loves to write, loves to laugh, loves life and yeah, she's as real as they come.

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  1. Emeka Muoka says:

    Stella, nice work! Can I please have your email? Thank you.

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